My time at the Washington Post is now up, and I wanted to post some photos and share some memories about this summer. The Washington Post is a cut above anywhere else I’ve worked. I now come out of this summer an infinitely better reporter and writer. I generally covered crime, but also reported on a bunch of other stuff, like the U.S. basketball team, girl scouts, a prison, the Washington Redskins, and the weather.
This Google search will give you a good idea of some of the work I did there, some articles are also posted on this site.
Through my job, I could to check out all corners of the city. Rich, poor, and in between. But the summer was more than just reporting. Part of being a good journalist is really investing in an area, being curious about anything and everything around you, following your interests and passions, whatever is real to you.
To that end, one Monday (which I had off, my work schedule was generally Tuesday-Saturday) I drove to Shenandoah National Park and climbed Old Rag Mountain in near solitude. I encountered less than five people on the nine mile hike. The next picture gives a broad view of the trail, which was for the last mile of the ascent basically climbing over large boulders.
My parents came to visit at the end of July, and we drove down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. My impression was that the coastline didn’t compare to the majestic beauty of the California coastline. But seeing Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers flew for the first time, was amazing. This was one of the places in the world where man achieved true greatness. The photo below shows the marker for the launch and the distance markers for the initial flights.
Here’s a shot of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay, part of the drive back from the Outer Banks which also included the 20-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
On another occasion, I drove out to Great Falls National Park, and hiked the Billy Goat trail (another boulder-studded endeavor). Great views of the upper Potomac this time, and again solitude as it was Monday.
On a recent weekend, some friends and I checked out Baltimore, another awesome experience.
For some more photos, check out my Flickr page.
To sum up: I met great people, had great experiences, and developed as an individual and journalist. Cheers, D.C.